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What's In A 'Screen Name'?” Attractiveness of Different Types of Screen Names Used by Online Daters

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posted on 2011-10-17, 09:26 authored by Monica T. Whitty, Tom Buchanan
This paper examined whether different types of screen names offer advantages when it comes to attracting a partner on dating sites. In the pilot study, we conducted a content analysis of real screen names to develop a typology of screen names. In the main study, we explored whether the typology predicted online daters’ ratings of names, and compared the types of names that appealed to men and to women. Men more than women were attracted to screen names that indicated physical attractiveness, and women more than men were attracted to screen names that indicated intelligence or were neutral. Similarly, men more than women were motivated to contact screen names which indicated physical attractiveness and women more than men were more motivated to contact screen names which indicated intellectual characteristics or were neutral. These findings indicate that different types of screen names may elicit different reactions.

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International Journal of Internet Science, 2010, 5(1), pp. 5-19.

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  • VoR (Version of Record)

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International Journal of Internet Science

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University of Zurich

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1662-5544

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2010

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2011-10-17

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'International Journal of Internet Science' is an Open Access journal. Articles published in this journal are freely accessible from the publisher's website.

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en

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